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Mario Balotelli is at the centre of an investigation by Greater Manchester police after allegedly confronting a woman who was taking photographs of his red Ferrari on Thursday.
The Liverpool striker was in Wythenshawe, apparently visiting his mother, Rose Barwuah, when the alleged incident with a local resident occurred. According to the woman he got threateningly close and demanded she stop.Continue reading...
Farrell has been suffering from a quad strain
Owen Farrell will make his second start of the season when Saracens face Munster in the European Champions Cup at Thomond Park on Friday night.
The fly-halfs return is timely with his next match, if he proves his fitness, for England against New Zealand at Twickenham on 8 November. Farrell who only played in one Test against the All Blacks in the summer, after arriving too late to be considered for the first because of his involvement in the Premiership final, and then getting injured in the second has made three of his four club appearances this season off the bench and seen 108 minutes of action.Continue reading...
Douglin sees contest as big opportunity
George Groves has been added to the bumper undercard of the Nathan Cleverly-Tony Bellew rematch in Liverpool next month as he bids to strengthen his claims for another world title shot.
The Londoner (20-2, 15KOs) bounced back from his two losses to WBA and IBF champion Carl Froch by claiming a points victory over Christopher Rebrasse last month in what was billed as a final eliminator to face WBC super-middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell.Continue reading...
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7 min: Does anyone else think that Samuel Etoo is underrated? Not now, obviously, but when he was in his pomp? He was arguably the best centre-forward in the world when he was in his prime.
6 min: This has been a good start from Lille. Everton have been a bit sloppy. Now Balmont wins a corner on the left. Its cleared and Pienaar wins a free-kick, relieving a bit of the pressure. Everton dont keep the ball for too long, though.
4 min: Sylvain Distin lopes forward from the back, striding purposefully into the Lille half, but then gives the ball away, hanging on to it for too long. Lille try to counter, seeking to exploit the space left by Distin, but Barry mops up.
2 min: A mistake by Leighton Baines leads to a chance for Lille. He failed to deal with a high ball well enough on the left flank and the ball was diverted to Corchia. He had Origi in the clear to his right, with few Everton defenders present, but he decided to go it alone and saw his shot from the edge of the area deflected behind for a corner, which comes to nothing. Everton breathe easy. That could have been a disastrous start for the visitors.
And were off! Everton, kicking from right to left in the first half, get the ball rolling. Theres a rare old atmosphere inside the stadium, with plenty of Everton fans present. Foreign teams, of course, are famously unable to cope with the chanting of English teams, the 12th man as it were, and we can therefore expect Everton to win by at least six goals.
And here come the teams! Lille are in red, Everton are in blue, I love football, how about you? Thats a bit of Thursday night poetry for you there. You cant say that we dont treat you.
Its good to see Tony Hibbert Ross Barkley in the Everton side again. One of the reasons they have struggled so far is because of his injury but his return against Villa sparked them back into life by the sound of things. Theyre a much better side when they have his dynamism and class; he is the kind of player who can change a match for the better in the blink of an eye. That goal against Manchester City last season... That goal.
Evening. The focus should be on football but the build-up to this match has been dominated by the sorry scenes on the streets of Lille, where Everton fans have not received the warmest of welcomes. Last night two fans were hospitalised following an attack by a group of men in a bar; today gas was used by the local police on travelling supporters, although initial reports that rubber bullets were also fired appear to be inaccurate. Even so, its all very depressing. You can read more about whats gone on here.
I suppose, as kick-off nears, wed better look to the football. Its a big test for Everton in Europe, where they have generally fared better than they have in the league this season, despite last Saturdays 3-0 win over Aston Villa. While their domestic form hasnt been great, they have made a solid start in the Europa League and top their group after starting with a 4-0 win over Wolfsburg and a 1-1 draw with FC Krasnodar. Lille, eighth in Ligue 1, are third with two points from their first two matches but they will fancy their chances tonight. Especially if Liverpool-bound Divock Origi is in the mood. Well, assuming hes worked out how to get Tim Howard.Continue reading...
Michigan State Spartans had some gentle fun at the expense of the Wolverines before this weekends game, here are some of the best college pranks
With the big clash between the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans coming up this weekend, the Wolverines found themselves the victim of some gentle provocation from Spartans supporters. The big block M in the middle of their campus was found painted Spartan green with the letters S and U spray-painted after it. Mark Dantonio would surely not approve ...
Of course these sort of pranks have been prevalent for years across college campuses, ranging from the fairly innocuous to the slightly more toxic.Continue reading...
Changes will reduce the cost and make [process] clearer
The International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, has promised to overhaul the bidding process for the Games as part of a wide-ranging reform programme to be voted on in December.
Bach, who succeeded Jacques Rogge as president last year, said that the process would be made cheaper and involve more cooperation with bidders. He said the proposals, among 40 that form part of his Olympic Agenda 2020 overhaul that will be voted on at a special IOC congress in December, would turn the bidding procedure more into an invitation, a discussion, a partnership with the IOC rather than just an application for a tender.Continue reading...